Day 59: Midnight Cowboy

Review: Hey I finally know where, "I'm walkin' here!" is from. One of the best things about this project is coming across quotes you've heard your whole life but never fully got. The world makes a little bit more sense and I feel like I gain some "cool points. Before this project, I never realized how much I love John Voigt (who I discovered earlier this year in Deliverance.) He's got a special manly pretty-boy quality that I'm all about. And next to dead toothed Dustin Hoffman, Voigt is a golden god. A fun thing to note about this movie: It's the first and last movie to be rated X! There is SO much nudity and sex in virtually every scene that it really did feel like watching the most gritty and entertaining porno. Rating: 8.5/10

Recommended by: Everyone

Location: Home 

Seen with: Self

 

 

 

Day 58: Heavenly Creatures

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Review: Maaaan I LOVE Peter Jackson. I love Lord of the Rings and all that but I wish he'd make more movies like this. His early work has such a distinctly weird vibe that I don't think anyone else can do. There's a grossness to these movies that I find really appealing. What I was most surprised by, is that it is the most accurately portrayal of young female friendship I've ever seen. I would explain that in more detail but there are some major spoilers I'd rather avoid. Check it out for yourself. 

Recommended by: Chris D'Elia

Location: Home, Netflix

Day 57: Creed

Review: I honestly liked it! I've never seen the Rocky movies and I feel a little bit like a fraud (and a loser) for this being my intro to the series, but I have a pretty strong hunch this isn't going to take anything away from my first Rocky viewing. This movie had some cheesy elements, but I was cheering during the fights, cringing at the blood, laughing at the intentional and unintentional jokes and I cared what happened to the characters. That's a fine movie! 

Recommended by: Joe Kwaczala

Location: Regency Theater, Hollywood

Seen with: Joe Kwaczala, Nick Ciarelli, and Bradford Evans (OH MY GOD I HAVE FRIENDS!)

Day 56: Cruel Intentions

Review: Of all the 90's edgy teen drama's, this is my least favorite. The incest story is only HALF interesting because they're not really related (boo) and the other story lines ehhh... they just don't really MOVE me *smokes bubble pipe.* One thing I will say for this movie is that Reese Witherspoon is darling, and I like watching two girls kiss. The next time you see me, I'm going have that poster of those two girls kissing that all college frat boys have. 

Location: Home, Netflix

Seen with: Self

Day 55: House (1977)

Review: This movie KICKS ASS. It's surreal, fun, and VERY foreign (literally and figuratively.) Due to the bizarre editing and dream like visuals, I found myself genuinely scared by the imagery. This movie felt like HR Puffinstuff meets Rikki Oh the Story of Ricky in the best possible way. But unlike Rikki Oh, this movie isn't "bad" in a funny way, it's "bad" in a beautiful way. The movie is genuine and captivating despite and because of how strange it is. Watch it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Recommended by: Criterion

Location: Hulu, Self

Seen with: Self

Day 54: Footloose

Review: Wellllll it's pretty much what I expected. I've heard people make fun of this movie for my entire life and had already seen all the most pivotal dancing scenes, so there wasn't too much new stuff for me to enjoy here. However! I really loved the fight scene between the main lady and her jerky ex boyfriend. It's never pleasant to watch a woman get hit in the face, but I think it's cool when women aren't treated like damsels in destress and are able to fight for themselves. Good job Footloose! 

Recommended by: VH1 I love the 80's

Location: Home, Netflix 

Seen with: Self

Day 53: Full Metal Jacket

Review: Well, this is the coolest movie. I love Stanley Kubrick but there are still a few classics I haven't gotten the chance to see. War movies can wear me down and make me feel a little detached from society so I tend to wait until I'm really in the MOOD to be brought down. As soon as I put this on, I realized how wrong I was to not watch this every chance I got. It's hilarious. Like truly DEEPLY funny. In addition to this being one of the funniest gritty movies I've ever seen, it was beautiful, humanizing, terrifying, dark, rad, way rad, etc. I don't know what to say other than I LOVE this movie.

Recommended by: Everyone

Location: Home, Netflix

Seen with: me

 

Day 52: American Pie

Review: This movie is uh... well? It's not good! Haha. Oops! If you guessed that this movie wouldn't hold up in 2016, you are right! It's dated in very weird ways that I can't even fully wrap my head around - Like Animal House without any of the good parts. Still, I never seem to really be bothered by movies like this. They're fun and easy to watch. I resent a lot of the culture that this movie inspired or emulated (especially the word MILF) but honestly there are worse things I've done with my life than watch this movie. Also bonus fun: I was eating pie during this, as it was "Twin Peaks Day."

Recommended by: The class of 1999

Location: Home, Netflix

Seen with: Self

 

Day 51: Coming to America

Review: Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that THIS is what Coming to America was! I've known about this movie forever but somehow I never knew that Eddie Murphy was a PRINCE and had a gorgeous accent or that he'd get jerked off in a pool. There's a lot of fun adult stuff in here, but really, it's an extremely sweet love story that (aside from the boobs and sex jokes) would be great for the family. I loved it! 

Location: Home, Netflix

Seen with: Self

Day 50: Dope

Review: I FINALLY saw the movie that mentions my internet boyfriend's band "The Thermals." I found this movie cute but just so-so. Still, I think it's important that we get more high school movies that feel like John Hughes movies but don't revolve around all-white schools that don't exist (or at least, hope don't exist.) 

Recommended by: Hutch Harris

Location: Alexis's house, Netflix

Seen with: Alexis

Day 49: Smoke

Review: Throw this into the fire with "Crash" and "Smoke Signals." I HATE movies like this and I feel like they're only made to play in class when teachers are hungover. Jesus christ, they're so boring and preachy with the consistent message of "white people save the day" and "black people are different"! Scenes of a Marriage was 5 hours long and I would watch that ten times before having to watch this again. 

Recommend by: Netflix Instant: My new enemy

Location: Home, Netflix

Seen with: Self

 

Day 48: Hudsucker Proxy

Review: "You know... for kids!" is one of those quotes I just KNOW is gonna creep into every day conversation. This movie was so fun and had such a distinctly 90's tone that I felt oddly nostalgic while watching it. I guess I miss a young Tim Robbins. If you also missed out on this one as a kid (or however old you were in 1994) and are looking for something silly and strange, put on Hudsucker! 

Recommended by: Daniel O'Brien

Location: Home, Amazon Video

Seen with: Self

 

 

 

Day 47: Scenes from a Marriage

Review: THIS MOVIE IS LONGER THAN MOST MARRIAGES. Sorry, now that that's out of my system let me tell you what a great movie this is DESPITE HOW INCREDIBLY LONG IT IS because really it was insanely delightful, funny, loving, and heartbreaking (LIKE MARRIAGE.) With no exaggeration, this movie is 5 hours long. That is too long for a movie. Movies should not be 5 hours long. I am angry that I spent 5 hours of my day watching a movie that wasn't an uncut LOTR episode and I'm watching a movie a day. Still, if you ever are home sick, or with a broken leg, put on Scenes from a Marriage which is actually one of my new favorite movies. 

Seen with: Self

Location: Home, Hulu

 

Day 46: Eraserhead

Review: As someone with a Twin Peaks podcast, you would think I'd have seen this already! Not only have I never seen it, I had no clue what it was about going into it OR coming out of it. What was this movie? I'm kidding, I get it. Do I though? Let me level with you: I don't. Not REALLY. Yet, as mentioned in my previous reviews, I sometimes think there's more to movies than fully comprehending the director's vision. My experience with this movie was a fun one. I put it on as soon as I woke up, was told be a friend that this is NOT a morning movie, and immediately realized why. It's dark, it's gross, it's too complex for morning brains. Still, I really liked watching it and it made me instantly look up what other people thought of it. Of Lynch's work, I prefer his more cohesive and rich narratives (jerk off motion) and I missed a lot of the quirkiness from Twin Peaks but I really loved it. 

Seen with: Self

Location: Home, Hulu

 

Day 45: Life Partners

Review: Warning! If you are or have ever been in a lesbian friend circle, this movie might freak you out for being so accurate. I dated a woman for a very short period of time and was immediately immersed in an entirely different world that is perfectly captured in this movie. I recommend this movie primarily to people who get the nuance of female best friendships, but really-- it's about dealing with a best friendship drifting apart when a new guy or girl comes into the picture and we can ALL relate to that. Watch this!

Location: Home, Netflix

Recommended by: Alexis Gibson

Seen with: Self

 

Day 43: Adult World

Review: Boy I wish this had come out when I was 15. It's so perfectly melodramatic and teenagery in the very best way. Emma Roberts is embarrassingly relatable and John Cusack almost gives a shit in this! This is also one of the first young adult movies I've seen that focuses on a failed writer that actually sucks and never gets better. It's the "he's just not that into you" for writers.

Seen with: Self

Location: Home, Netflix 

Day 42: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Review: My favorite Iranian vampire movie yet! This movie is dark, sexy, scary, sad, and is truly a love story. I liked it! I didn't love it but I think that's because I am not as smart or poetic as I would like to be. I found the movie beautiful but I feel like someone else will appreciate so much more than I do. It's not the movie it's me! I hope we can stay friends! 

Seen with: Self

Location: Home, Netfix

 

Day 40: Velvet Goldmine

Review: This movie is strange but I'm pretty much cool with anything that allows Ewan McGregory to be naked and gay. If you're wondering what Velvet Goldmine is like, imagine Spinal Tap mixed with That Thing You Do minus good jokes or Adam Schlesinger quality song writing. Still, the movie is cute and fun and did I mention Ewan McGregor is naked and gay?

Seen with: Self

Location: Home, Netflix